Next year will mark 10 years since I embarked on my PGCE. In 2009 I was an overenthusiastic 21-year-old with an romantic view of what teaching would be like. Since then, I’ve taught 100s of children and held a variety of positions from hapless NQT to SLT. Now seems as a good a time as any to reflect on the last decade and share some of the lesson that I’ve learnt.
1. Keep it simple
I’ve recently come to the conclusion that, 75% of the time, a knowledgeable, passionate teacher, a flip chart and a projector hooked up to a PC are all the resources required to deliver a really good lesson. In the early days of my career, I would spend hours cutting out (and laminating!) endless resources: cards to sort, spinners to generate numbers, bingo boards and cards with Velcro, word wheels etc… These resources created hours of…
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